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Monday, August 29, 2016

Mylan and Biocon Announce Regulatory Submission for Proposed Biosimilar Trastuzumab Accepted for Review by European Medicines Agency


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BENGALURU, India and HERTFORDSHIRE, England and PImage result for mylan bangaloreITTSBURGH, Aug. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ, TASE: MYL) and Biocon Ltd. (BSE code: 532523, NSE: BIOCON) announced today that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has accepted for review Mylan's Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for a proposed biosimilar Trastuzumab, which is used to treat certain HER2-positive breast and gastric cancers. This is the second biosimilar submission developed by the partnership that has been accepted for review in Europe. Last month, Mylan's MAA for the proposed biosimilar Pegfilgrastim was accepted for review by EMA.
Mylan and Biocon, which have co-developed this proposed biosimilar, anticipate that this may be the first MAA for a Trastuzumab biosimilar accepted by the EMA for review.
This filing includes analytical, functional and pre-clinical data, as well as results from the pharmacokinetics (PK) and confirmatory efficacy/safety global clinical trials for Trastuzumab. The PK study had demonstrated measured bioequivalence of Mylan's and Biocon's proposed Trastuzumab biosimilar relative to that of the reference drug. The second study, the 'HERITAGE Study', evaluated the efficacy, safety and immunogenicity of the proposed biosimilar Trastuzumab in comparison to branded Trastuzumab.
Mylan President Rajiv Malik commented"The acceptance of our regulatory submission of our proposed biosimilar Trastuzumab in Europe is another example of the strong progress we continue to make across our broad biosimilars portfolio. Following our successful commercialization in India and emerging markets, we look forward to our pending launch in EuropeEurope represents a key market for more affordable versions of these important products, as governments across the region strive to reduce healthcare costs. We look forward to continuing to work to bring this product to patients upon approval."
Arun Chandavarkar, CEO and Joint Managing Director, Biocon, said: "The regulatory submission for proposed biosimilar Trastuzumab in Europe takes us a step closer towards enabling affordable access to this critical biologic therapy for the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer. We remain committed to bring a diversified portfolio of high-quality, life-enhancing biosimilars to patients globally."
At the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) event held in June this year, 24 week data for the 'HERITAGE' study was presented. The results of the 48 week extension data of the 'HERITAGE' study are expected to be presented at the upcoming European Society for Medical Oncology Congress (ESMO) in October.
About Biocon and Mylan Partnership Biocon and Mylan are exclusive partners on a broad portfolio of biosimilars and insulin analogs. The proposed biosimilar Trastuzumab is one of the six biologic products co-developed by Mylan and Biocon for the global marketplace. Mylan has exclusive commercialization rights for the proposed biosimilar Trastuzumab in the U.S., CanadaJapanAustraliaNew Zealand, the European Union and European Free Trade Association countries. Biocon has co-exclusive commercialization rights with Mylan for the product in the rest of the world.
About HER2-Positive Breast Cancer and Trastuzumab Worldwide, nearly 2 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, making it the second most common cancer in the world. HER2-positive breast cancer is an aggressive form of breast cancer that tests positive for the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), which promotes cancer cell growth. Approximately 20% to 30% of primary breast cancers are HER2-positive. Trastuzumab is indicated for the treatment of certain HER2-positive early stage and metastatic breast cancer as well as HER2-positive metastatic gastric cancer.
About the Heritage Study  The Phase III study, HERITAGE, is a double-blind, randomized clinical trial designed to evaluate comparative efficacy and safety of the proposed trastuzumab biosimilar, MYL-1401O, versus branded trastuzumab. Eligible patients had centrally confirmed, measurable HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer without prior chemotherapy or trastuzumab for metastatic disease. Patients were randomized to receive either MYL-1401O or branded trastuzumab with docetaxel or paclitaxel for a minimum of eight cycles. Trastuzumab was continued until progression. The primary endpoint is overall response at week 24 by blinded central evaluation using RECIST 1.1. Secondary endpoints include progression free survival, overall survival, and safety. A sample size of 456 patients was calculated to demonstrate equivalence in overall response at week 24 for MYL-1401O versus branded trastuzumab, defined as a 90% confidence interval for the ratio of best overall response rate within the equivalence margin (0.81, 1.24). This study successfully met the predefined equivalence criteria. The response rates at 24 weeks were 69.6% with MYL-1401O combined with taxane chemotherapy versus 64% with branded trastuzumab combined with taxane chemotherapy. The incidence of adverse events was similar in the patients who received MYL-1401O and those who received reference trastuzumab.
About Biosimilars A biosimilar medicine is a biological medicine that is developed to be similar to an existing biological medicine and has demonstrated no clinically meaningful differences in safety, purity, and potency compared to that of the reference biologic. A biosimilar product and its reference biologic product are expected to have the same safety and efficacy profile and are generally used to treat the same conditions. Biosimilars may offer a less-costly alternative to existing biological medicinal products that have lost their exclusivity rights.

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